Using Power to Improve your Stabilizer Jack Experience
Trip Date 08/10/2018
Posted On 10/03/2018 17:06:20
Camping | Customizations | RV | Setup | Stabilizer Jacks | RV Power Jacks | RV Power Tools | RV Set-up and Break-Down
Using a power drill on the stabilizer jacks of my RV has really changed my camp set-up and break-down
enjoyment factor. When we get to a site, I used to dread the cranking of the crank to put down the
stabilizer jacks on the RV. Now it is a quick process, and in less than a minute it's done and I can enjoy
our trip - all without getting sweaty.
Stabilizing the RV
Before owning an RV, we rented RV trailers several times. We really enjoyed the experience, however
cranking the jacks up and down wasn't the best part of the trip. I tried to convince myself that it was
good exercise, but it definitely got to my back at times.
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Last year, we bought our own RV. It's been great to be able to permanently load it with all the tools and
various things we need and want. When we took ownership of our RV, the guy at the RV shop used a
power drill with a large socket bit to raise and lower the RV stabilizers. I thought "WOW - I need that!".
This quickly became one of the first "must have" items that I searched for because I wanted to get one as
soon as possible. The 3/4 inch hex socket is easily available online.
Hex Drive Socket
Some people use a cordless drill, but I've been using a wired drill. I keep it in the back of my SUV when
towing so that it is easily accessed. Most of the time we are at a place with power, but if we don't have
power, my SUV has an inverter that I can use for a minute of power. I just plug the drill in, walk around
the RV, and zip ... zip .... zip ... zip - the stabilizer jacks are down.
Stabilizer Jack with Power Drill Bit
It has really increased the enjoyment factor of my set-up/break-down camp process.
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Do you need that Old Crank?
Our crank still rides along with us in the storage cabin, but I've not had a need to use it. I thought that I
might need it to manually crank in the slides if the battery died. I know that the older RVs (like the ones
that I rented) had a spot on the outside where the crank is needed to manually bring in the slides. I
don't have that on my RV - the slide motors on my RV have a special 1/4" hex crank spot located on the
end of the motor under the slide. This can be used to manually override the motor and crank the slides
in or out. (See your RV's manual for specific instructions.)
Old-Style Crank Sweat Machine
I hope that I never need my crank. I guess it's possible that I will lose my drill or bit, so I'll just keep
carrying it along with us - just in case!
Finding The Parts
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